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Asset: David McGoldrick is working well with Gary Madine
Asset: David McGoldrick is working well with Gary Madine
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FORMER England international Mel Sterland is calling on Sheffield Wednesday manager Gary Megson to keep hold of loanee striker David McGoldrick beyond the Steel City derby.

The ex-Owls great said he was impressed with McGoldrick’s home debut in the 3-0 triumph over Exeter City and is delighted by the partnership he has formed with Gary Madine, the top scorer in League One with nine goals, up front.

McGoldrick started in attack, having shaken off a minor back problem, and confirmed post match he would be interested in staying at Hillsborough for a lengthier period. He is poised to return to his parent club Nottingham Forest after the Sheffield derby on October 16.

Sterland told The Star: “It would be good if we can keep him. David is a good player and I thought he worked very hard on Saturday. He can score goals and I’m sure Gary (Megson) would love to keep him, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Megson’s troops travel to unbeaten Hartlepool this weekend seeking a third league win on the bounce having recorded just their second clean sheet in the third tier of English football in the 2011/12 campaign.

Sterland believes seventh-placed Wednesday are capable of picking up a positive result in the North east, providing the team are solid and organised at the back.

“We have got to compete and defend properly,” he said. “They have made a great start to the season so it won’t be easy. I’m very encouraged with what I have seen, but you can always do better. It is important we start keeping more clean sheets. It’s about going away and trying not to concede. If we can keep it tight at the back, we’ve got players who can score.”